Giano Cromley was born and raised in Billings, Montana, attended Datrmouth College, and studied fiction at the University of Montana's MFA program. His writing – both fiction and nonfiction – has appeared in The Oyster Review, The Adirondack Review, The Threepenny Review, Literal Latte, the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique, The Externalist, Swill Magazine, Word Riot, The Summerset Review, Underground Voices, Zouch Magazine, and The Bygone Bureau. In 2008, he received an Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. And in 2014, his debut novel was named a finalist in the High Plains Book Award first novel category. In addition, he does a variety of freelance writing projects, primarily for textbook publishers. He lives on the South Side of Chicago with his wife and two dogs.